Born in Greece in 1958, Vasilis Saleas was taught to play the clarinet at the age of nine by his father and uncle, he performed his first club concert two years later. By the age of 14 he had mastered the clarinet and recorded his first disc. Saleas is now the foremost clarinet player in Greece. A former accompanist for Mikis Theodorakis, Dionisis Savopoulas, and Stamatis Spanoudakis, Saleas has worked with Greek instrumentalist and composer Vangelis Papathanasiou since the early 1990s. His debut solo album, Orama: The Music of Vangelis, featured interpretations of Vangelis' compositions. His second solo album, Vasilios Saleas, followed in 2000.